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The courses offered at Harvard Kennedy School provide an enriching curricular experience, and are organized around our seven academic areas. They include core courses that are required for earning a degree, along with electives, modules and January-term options to cater to different interests and schedules.

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Featured Course Guides

Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Course Number

Course Title


API-101 Resources, Incentives, and Choices I: Markets and Market Failures
API-102 Resources, Incentives, and Choices II: Analysis of Public Policy
API-109 Advanced Microeconomic Analysis I
API-110 Advanced Microeconomic Analysis II
Jie BaiFaculty
API-111 Microeconomic Theory I
API-112 Microeconomic Theory II
API-114 Econometric Methods for Applied Research I
API-115 Econometric Methods for Applied Research II
API-119 Advanced Macroeconomics for the Open Economy I
API-120 Advanced Macroeconomics for the Open Economy II
API-121 Recessions, Growth, and Macroeconomic Policy
API-126 American Economic Policy
API-135 Economics of Climate Change and Environmental Policy
API-141 Finance
Akash DeepFaculty
API-165 Energy and Environmental Economics and Policy
API-170 Managing Climate Change Risks: Information, Incentives, and Institutions
API-201 Quantitative Analysis and Empirical Methods
API-202M Empirical Methods II
API-203M Empirical Methods II
API-205 Politics and Policies: What Is the Impact of Data and AI?
API-209 Advanced Quantitative Methods I: Statistics
Dan LevyFaculty
API-210 Advanced Quantitative Methods II: Econometric Methods
API-211 Program Evaluation and Education Policy
API-222 Machine Learning and Big Data Analytics
API-231 Geographic Information Systems for Public Policy
API-303 Game Theory and Strategic Decisions
API-305 Behavioral Economics, Law and Public Policy
API-313M The Tools and Methods of Economic Complexity Analysis
API-318 Thinking Analytically in an Uncertain World
Dan LevyFaculty
API-500M Spring Exercise
API-501 Policy Design and Delivery I
API-505 Policy Analysis: A Tool for Evidence-Based Decision Making
Rachel MeltzerInstructor
API-901 Doctoral Research Seminar
API-902 Doctoral Research Seminar
API-905Y Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy
BGP-100 The Business-Government Relationship in the United States
BGP-150Y Seminar: Business and Government
John HaighFaculty
BGP-231M Corporate Citizenship and Public Policy: Can Business Advance the Public Interest?
John HaighFaculty
BGP-235M Private Capital for Public Purpose: Impact Investing and Its Siblings
David WoodFaculty
BGP-264 Capital Markets Regulation
Hal ScottFaculty
BGP-510Y HKS-HBS Joint Degree First-Year Seminar
Shawn ColeFaculty
BGP-610 The Political Economy of Trade
BGP-625 Globalization: Past, Present and Future Challenges
BGP-631 Regulation of International Finance
Daniel TarulloInstructor
BGP-670 Financial Crises: Concepts and Evidence
DEV-101 Economic Development: Theory and Evidence
DEV-102M Economic Development: Using Analytical Frameworks for Smart Policy Design
DEV-130 Why Are So Many Countries Poor, Volatile, and Unequal?
DEV-150Y Seminar: Political and Economic Development
DEV-209 Management, Finance, and Regulation of Public Infrastructure in Developing Countries
Henry LeeFaculty